If you are into tech gadgets, the lure to purchase one of these arm candies would be strong. However, before you dish out your cash, you might want to check again to be sure of what you’re paying for. Consider … Is it really worth your money? Is it an investment or a liability? Facts point to Liability. Jovago.com Africa’s No.1 online hotel booking site gives the following reasons:
It requires an iPhone. The iwatch package does not include an iPhone upon purchase, however you essentially need to own an iPhone before you can actually use the watch. Unlike some other Android wear smartwatches and Pebble timepieces capable of running apps on the device itself, Apple Watch cannot run apps on its own (without the iPhone), it’s only advantage is that is provides a separate and convenient screen that can be fastened around your wrist. The basic function of the watch therefore is merely to display content streamed from the iPhone. Again, the watch does not offer Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity options unless it is in sync with an iPhone, so basically, on its own, it is useless.
It is First generation.
The apple watch is clearly an early-stage product, and like every other first-generation devices, the buzz around the iwatch might seem incredible, but it would be short lived as a new, improved model will soon be launched into the market. When it comes to first generation devices, two things should be taken into consideration: first, the device will certainly have problems that will need to be sorted, and second, no matter what, the follow-up to the original is bound to be a whole lot better as regards functionality and aesthetics. Honestly, you don’t want to be stuck with a $300 first gen model when a much improved model kicks into the market.
Insufficient battery life.
Agreed all Android Wear smartwatches have short battery life: The Moto 360 smartwatch can only run for half a day on a single charge, while other smartwatches running on Google’s wearable operating system run for a day at max. However, the Apple Watch that was expected to tackle this batter issue, still offers one-day battery life under “normal usage” as well. This implies another device which you’ll have to remember to charge every night as you would a smartphone. This is annoying as electricity isn’t free so it’s going to have an impact on bills too.
There are alternative options.
The simplest version of the Watch costs $349, and the luxury edition could cost up to $19,999. Android Wear smartwatches in its best models are cheaper – Moto 360 is available for just $249, LG G Watch R can be purchased for $299 etc. Note that these smartwatches do not become useless without their paired smartphones either.
Repairs are expensive.
Almost every generation of the Apple products had kinks when it was first released. There is possibility that same would occur with the iWatch. After a day or so of usage, various kinks may start to show and you will be forced to have the item replaced or repaired. The Apple Watch body parts however, are not sold separately, so the possibility of fixing it at any wrist watch repair shop is none. You will have to go to an Apple store or it official repair affiliates, and that would most certainly be expensive compared to just any repair shop. Again, every Apple device comes with a limited warranty, but that basic warranty doesn’t cover “accidental breakage”, so, if you want to be insured against accidental breakage, you’ll have to pay for the premium warranty service, AppleCare+ which is not cheap either.